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Trump's Denmark snub over Greenland sale 'annoys' PM
LONDON, UK, 21 August 2018 (BBC) - Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she is "annoyed" at Donald Trump's decision to cancel his visit after being told Greenland was not for sale.

China threatens sanctions over US-Taiwan F-16 fighter plane deal
LONDON, UK, 21 August 2019 (BBC) - China has threatened to impose sanctions on US firms involved with the sale of F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan if Washington goes ahead with the deal.

Philippine bill seeks to grant nature the same legal rights as humans
MANILA, Philippines, 20 August 2019 (Mongabay) - A coalition in the Philippines is pushing for legislation of a “right of nature” bill, which would confer legal personhood on nature.

Foreign trash 'like treasure' in Indonesia's plastics village
BANGUN, Indonesia, 20 August 2019 (AFP) - His weathered face breaks out in a big grin as Keman explains how sifting through rubbish paid for his children's education, one of many in his Indonesian hometown basking in a waste-picking boom.

Chinese envoy lashes 'ignorant' Pacific aid critics
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, 20 August 2019 (AFP) - China's ambassador to Samoa labelled critics of Beijing's activities in the Pacific "ignorant" and "prejudiced" in the latest testy public missive from the rising Asian superpower's diplomatic corps.

Connecting an island: Traveling the Pan Borneo Highway
MIRI, Malaysia, 19 August 2019 (Mongabay) - The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah are in the midst of building more than 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) of the Pan Borneo Highway.

Campaigners demand end to fish tethering 'torture' in Taiwan
TAIPEI, Taiwan, 19 August 2019 (Guardian) - Campaigners in Taiwan are calling for an end to the centuries-old practice of fish tethering – which sees live fish tied into a crescent shape to entice buyers – claiming the custom “is a form of torture” and contravenes animal welfare standards.

No shellfire or bullets, but war still intrudes on tiny Syrian island
ARWAD, Syria, 19 August 2019 (Reuters) - In the years before Syria’s war the boatmakers of Arwad used to sell their wooden vessels along the Mediterranean coast down to Lebanon and up to Turkey, but the trade has withered.